Faculty

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ART

Shira Sofer: Art. Ms. Sofer received her Masters degree in Education and her Bachelors degree in Studio Arts from NYU in 1991. Her work experience includes teaching Art History at the University of the Virgin Islands, delivering lectures ranging from Caribbean Art to Culture and Philosophy in Art History. Her experience also includes being an Eduational Consultant and Curator of Exhibits, and her vast knowledge of the various arts disciplines brings a well rounded body of knowledge to our team and to our students.

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Jillian Grossman: ballet. Ms. Grossman began dancing at age three. She studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip hop throughout her childhood. She joined the University of Pittsburgh Dance team in college and performed at all Pitt football and basketball games. She also studied dance as her minor at the University of Pittsburgh. Jillian has a masters degree in elementary education and special education. She is a Zumba Fitness instructor and loves teaching Zumba and dance classes.

Kim Wild: ballet, tap, creative movement, developing the artistic eye through movement.  Ms. Wild, also serving as Executive Director at SJSA, holds a BA degree in dance at Columbia College and a MFA degree in dance at Florida State University. She has over 25 years of teaching experience extending from the young child to the professional student. With a teaching assistantship at FSU, she taught non-major dance classes in ballet and jazz as well as teaching choreography, modern and ballet to students at Tallahassee Community College as adjunct faculty. She served as Dance Director (1990) for the Colquitt County Arts Center, a community arts school in Georgia.

Jude Woodcock: tumbling, creative movement, modern dance. Ms. Woodcock received a BS degree from Southwest Missouri State and toured with Pilobolus Dance Theater from 1984-1994. She helped choreograph over 20 new works for the company and acted as touring and rehearsal director from 1989-1994. She still maintains ties with the company by representing them through teaching at various locales on the main land. Ms. Woodcock has taught at the American Dance Festival working with the young dancers program.

Jeuné Provost: Caribbean Movement.  Ms. Provost received a BA degree in Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University and a MA degree in Teaching from Mercer University.  She has worked with the local WTJX-TV Channel 12 in completing voice-overs for promo reel, produced and edited PSAs, wrote scripts for local programming and produced, directed and edited “Carnival Parade,” “Reading is Fun” and “Pride and Bloom” promos.  She is also an elementary teacher at one of the local public schools.

Margot McCray Gough: dance. Margot holds her Bachelors degree in Communications from Montclair State University, with a minor in Dance. Ms. McCray Gough has taught and choreographed for many dance institutions throughout NJ. She went on to choreograph and perform for Ian Van Dahl’s Castle in the Sky tour on the East Coast. Margot has had a few MTV appearances and has danced for such artists as Gloria Gaynor and George Lamond. Her dance career has come full circle and now she is ready to dance with all of you!

Marlon V. Parohinog: Archery. – Mr. Parohinog also serving as PE Teacher at Julius E. Sprauve School holds, a degree in Mass Communication at Far Eastern University and Masters degree in Physical Education and Sports at Bulacan State University. He currently the Coach Julius E. Sprauve in Basketball Elementary and JV Volleyball. He has 20 years of teaching experience from high school to elementary. Finished the Level 1 World Archery Coach ini Bangkok, Thailand in 2013

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Edward Bruce: percussion and guitar. Mr. Bruce received his BA degree in Anthropology from Columbia University along with 25 credits in Mandarin and German. In 1982, he received his MA Ed. Degree from University of Phoenix, majoring in Reading Acquisition, problem prescriptions. In 2005, he received his International T.E.F.L. Diploma, Boland School, including China certificate. He came to St. John in 1974 as the director of the Cruz Bay Daycare Center. For many years, he has volunteered his skills to Julius E. Sprauve School as a reading teacher, special and general education teacher. As an accomplished musician, he is serving as SJSA’s ethnic drumming and dance teacher as well as Music Education Director.

Kristen Carmichael-Bowers. vocal instruction, choral director. Kristen has MA and BA degrees in Music from Smith College. She has performed in operatic and musical theater settings, in oratorio and as a soprano soloist for choirs and orchestras. Kristen has performed a wide range of repertoire in the continental United States, UK and Israel. Kristen has been teaching people to sing since 1986, and she enjoys teaching beginners of any age to professionals. Her students can be found singing lullabies to their grandchildren, and also operatic settings in Europe and in musical theater in New York. She first came to St John in 2011 as visiting music director for Gifft Hill School’s musicals through the New England Youth Theater. A full-time St John resident as of 2014, she teaches vocal music for St John’s youth and is founder and director of the St John Women’s Ensemble.

Barney “Broheem” Proctor: saxophone. Mr. Proctor started playing violin at age nine and started playing saxophone at age twelve. His development really started when he attended Drew Junior High School and played in the band, which allowed him to compete for scholarship funds which he used for private lessons. After high school he went into the military as a saxophone player stationed first in Missouri, then Naples, Italy for 3 years. After he finished his term in the military he decided to live in Italy for 2 years, moved back to Los Angeles where he continued to play gigs with a band called Somethin Smoothe and worked as a paralegal until moving to St John, USVI.

Philiah Haile Iyah-Israel: guitar. Mr. Israel has an extensive musical background, performing with Grammy Award winning bands as well as touring with countless acts throughout both America and Europe. His musical instruction background includes tutoring, workshops, lectures and symposiums on the topic of “Jah Music” throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. His educational background includes graduate level course work at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb) and Ph.D. level work at Central State University. Mr. Israel brings a diverse set of skills to our school, through his work as an accomplished guitarist, vocalist and percussionist.

Ingrid Smith: guitar and ukulele. Miss Ingrid is a singer/songwriter and music teacher on the island of St. John. She received her degree from the University of Wisconsin and has done post-baccalaureate work in education at the University of the Virgin Islands. She has formally worked and gained instruction with The Florentine Opera, City Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Children Theater and is currently lead singer of The Ish, a premier party band on the island of St. John.

Lauren Magnie: piano.

Rashek’ka Titre: piano.

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Theatre

Jeuné Provost: Acting for film, TV, radio.  Ms. Provost received a BA degree in Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University and a MA degree in Teaching from Mercer University.  She has worked with the local WTJX-TV Channel 12 in completing voice-overs for promo reel, produced and edited PSAs, wrote scripts for local programming and produced, directed and edited “Carnival Parade,” “Reading is Fun” and “Pride and Bloom” promos.  She is also an elementary teacher at one of the local public schools.